Massachusetts Mandates Use of Masks
What does it mean to you and how to comply safely
Governor Baker mandated use of masks for all of us effective in May 6, 2020. That means that anytime we are out in public (indoors or outdoors) and cannot maintain the safe social distance of 6′ or more we need to be wearing our mask/face covering. Most establishments now require the use of face coverings regardless of whether you can keep the space between you and others. State and local rules on masks are above and beyond what the CDC has recommended. We need to follow the direction or our state/local community.
So I need a mask? Yes! However you do not need a surgical mask. The state and CDC recommend that general public use cloth face coverings while saving surgical masks for those in the healthcare field. A face covering can be a cloth mask (DIY or purchased locally), bandana or scarf.
How should the face covering fit? According to the CDC to be successful, your mask or face covering needs to:
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Cover both your mouth and nose
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- Be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
How often should I wash my mask/face covering?
You should wash your mask/face covering routinely depending on the frequency of use. Washing these items in the washing machine should should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
Wait! There is a proper way to remove your face covering. While you’re doing your part wearing a face covering you need to be sure you’re safely removing it! When putting on or off your face covering you should do so with CLEAN HANDS and DO NOT TOUCH YOUR FACE. If you didn’t know – your face is the superhighway germs take to enter your body. To see a great video that illustrates how easily germs spread, click here.
Store your mask in a paper bag which will allow air to circulate and moisture to dry. Once your mask is off and stored – wash your hands again. Need a reminder on how to effectively wash your hands? click here.
Together we can do our part to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safer by following the above guidelines.
Source: CDC 2020